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Welcome to the Friends of Stocker's Lake Website

This website is owned and maintained by Friends of Stocker’s Lake (FoSL), a registered charity. FoSL exists to :

  1. - conserve, safeguard and enhance Stocker's Lake as a Local Nature Reserve
  2. - help and extend the scope of the work of the warden at Stocker's Lake
  3. - foster public support for and appreciation of Stocker's Lake as a local nature reserve.

Stocker's Lake, near Rickmansworth just inside the M25, is bordered on one side by the river Colne and on the other by the Grand Union canal. It is a place of great beauty and it supports a huge variety of wildlife, especially birds, particularly winter wildfowl. It is owned by Affinity Water and managed by Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, actively supported by local people who are the Friends of Stocker’s Lake.

Within this website you will find details of organised walks and other events on the reserve, news of interesting recent sightings of birds, details of how to join FoSL for a mere £5 per year, and much more.

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07
Dec
Tree Planting 07 12 19

from 10.30am near the reserve entrance close to Stocker's Lock/Stocker's House. See our recent Tree Planting December 7th news article.

05
Jan
Work Party - 05 01 20

10am to 12:30pm: Meet 9.55 at the Fisherman's car park - click here for a map - unless otherwise directed. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know please on 07428 790460.

12
Jan
Wildfowl Walk - 12 01 20

10am: A guided walk to look at wintering wildfowl on the lake. Meet on the causeway between Stocker's Lake and Bury Lake.

Length of walk = 1.5 miles with frequent stops. Expected duration = 2.5 hours. Children under 16 must be accompanied;  Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Please bring your own sting or bite medication.

25
Jan
HMWT Wildfowl ID Workshop - 25 01 20

10.00am to 1.00pm

Learn to identify the differences between ducks, geese, herons and more. To book, or for further details, please call HMWT on 01727 858901 or visit www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events

02
Feb
Work Party - 02 02 20

10am to 12:30pm: Meet 9.55 at the Fisherman's car park - click here for a map - unless otherwise directed. If you plan to come it would be helpful if you could let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know please on 07428 790460.

08
Feb
HMWT Wildlife Spotting for Families - 08 02 20

10.30am to 12.00pm

Bring the family to this event and learn about the wildlife found at Stocker's Lake. To book, or for further details, please call 01727 858901 or visit www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/events

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Two of our regular work party members, Nilesh and Varsha Dodhia, have come up with the marvellous idea of planting 150 trees in the reserve to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi.  They have enthused their friends and the local Indian community who have come up with £1500 to buy the trees.

2019 was a good year for butterflies around the lake with a total of 826 butterflies counted through the summer. This is the second highest count since the current surveys started in 2012, and is comparable to that of 2017. The count was 26% down on 2018 but due to weather conditions 2018 was an exceptional year. 

Following a chance meeting Martin Ketcher of Herts & Middx Wildlife Trust (HMWT) asked FoSL to help encourage the return of the delightful water vole to the River Colne that borders one side of our reserve. The water vole is of course “Ratty” in the “Wind in the Willows”. Water voles were seen on our reserve in the 1990s but when mink arrived they disappeared.

Good News! After 6 years of effort and planning, cattle will be introduced to our meadows between the River Colne and the Lake from the new enclosure near the iron bridge at 10 am, on Saturday 8th June. 

Affinity Water has agreed to provide, and is now doing so, power to our receiver in Kingfisher hide. Both the fixed and pan tilt zoom cameras are working. Unfortunately, the bad weather/high winds at the start of May seems to have destroyed the nest in front of the fixed camera. 

Recent Sightings

29th -6 Goldeneye (2 males), 8 Red-crested Pochard (6 males), Kingfisher (on river)

26th - 33 Red-crested Pochard (24 male), Water Rail, 8 Goldeneye, Kingfisher, Egyptian Goose

20th - 6 Goldeneye (4 male)

19th - 9 Goldeneye (3 male), 6 Siskin (on causeway), Kingfisher

9th - 7 Goldeneye (3 male), 5 Wigeon
6th - 3 Kingfisher (2 at west side, 1 east side), 6 Goldeneye (2 male), 5 Wigeon, 9 Red-crested Pochard (5 male), Chiffchaff
2nd - 6 Goldeneye (1 male), 6 Wigeon, Cetti's Warbler

26th - Kingfisher, 16 Red-crested Pochard (14 male)
17th - Cetti's Warbler, 5 Red-crested Pochard, 6 Ring-necked Parakeet, 3 Kingfisher
16th - 5 Redwing
12th - 3 Wigeon (all females), 12 Red-crested Pochard (10 males), 2 Goldeneye (both females)

20th - Kingfisher plus, over Inns Lake: 10 Grey Heron circling low in flight
19th - Red Crested Pochard (male) plus at Stocker's Farm: 8 Swallow, 2 Stonechat, 2 House Martin
11th - Barnacle Goose

Previous sightings and reports ...